Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.

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Problems mount up for Jockey Club

Mike Deasy says the ending of Investec’s Derby sponsorship is another problem facing Jockey Club Racecourses Like every business the impact of Covid-19 is being acutely felt by Jockey Club Racecourses, as revenue streams...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly – your say

These latest scribblings are given over to your say following this column’s look at the ugly side of bookmaking There was quite a reaction to the last Of Course column which looked at bookmaking...

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The Good, Bad and Ugly

Mike Deasy on the ugly side of bookmaking,  and where the racing media fears to tread If the column you write is called The Good, Bad & Ugly, as Matt Chapman does for Sun...

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What next for Derby winner Serpentine?

Take nothing away from Serpentine and Emmet McNamara’s Derby victory says Mike Deasy, but the jury is out on its significance So, what to make of the Derby 2020? It’s one or those races...

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Leicester lockdown and Newbury “lock in”

Mike Deasy asks if the Leicester lockdown should have resulted in the cancellation of racing Leicester is a racecourse which in normal times holds about 30 fixtures a year for mostly moderate horses and...

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Has racing come to terms with ITV?

Mike Deasy asks if ITV and racing have agreed a new contract or if it’s another false dawn We’ve been here before. A story in Monday’s Daily Mail reported that an agreement between racing...

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ITV Racing got the Royal Ascot balance right

Mike Deasy enjoys a marathon stint in front the of the box for five days of Royal Ascot Well, that was different. Or, to be more accurate, the same but different. The same insomuch...

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Job cuts hit Racing Post

Mike Deasy on Racing Post cost-cutting, wise words from Lydia Hislop and problems with a Mirror image Last month these scribblings predicted the Racing Post’s senior management would be faced with a bit of...

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Best to be in possession of the facts

Mike Deasy suggests why it’s best to be in possession of the facts before making accusations Carole Cadwalladr is an award-winning journalist who gained praise for exposing the Facebook/Cambridge Analytics data breach in 2018....